Poaching: Rhino carcass found at Tewate wilderness

2012-11-03 00:00

A 10-DAYS-OLD carcass of a black rhino was discovered in the Tewate wilderness area at the iSimangaliso (St Lucia) Wetland Park during an Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife patrol yesterday morning.

According to the iSimangaliso CEO, Andrew Zaloumis, both horns were hacked off and it had a bullet wound in its body.

Zaloumis told Weekend Witness that they suspected that the poachers entered from the Nibela peninsula because

Tewate wilderness area is an area of about 25 000 hectares and is only accessible by foot.

He said this is the second rhino poached in Tewate wilderness, the first one was poached in September.

This recent brutal killing brings the number of the rhinos poached in KZN to 58 and 489 in South Africa as a whole.

“We are incensed by this senseless killing. The size of a horn in a sub-adult rhino is negligible,” said Zaloumis.

“Good law enforcement and education are of paramount importance in conserving our national treasure and we will continue combating illegal activities at every turn.”

• Any information or suspicious sightings can be reported anonymously to iSimangaliso’s 24-hour emergency number: 082 797 7944. A reward of R100 000 is offered to any person who provides information that results in the arrest and successful conviction of the culprits.

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‘The Witness’ joins anti-poaching initiative

IT’S been over six weeks since East Coast Radio launched KZN Rhino Watch, an anti-poaching initiative, with the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation and King Shaka Aviation. The Witnessjoined the project this week as the print partner. KZN Rhino Watch has already got one helicopter up in the air and is doing daily patrols. To date, ECR has raised R867 668 in donations and pledges. — WR.

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